Welcome to Ballarat, Maneki
Ballarat Wildlife Park has welcomed Sumatran Tiger ‘Maneki’. The female tiger arrived shortly before Christmas, and after settling in to her home ‘Tiger Sanctuary’ and getting to know her carers she’s ready to meet visitors. A male Sumatran Tiger will arrive later in January.
Maneki is a 83 kilogram Sumatran Tiger, hand-raised at Australia Zoo. She loves to swim in her pool on warm days and especially enjoys eating venison, beef, and chicken!
Sumatran Tigers are the smallest tiger species and are mainly solitary. They are known to become very protective over their territories, clawing and scent-marking trees are one way they warn rivals away.
The Ballarat Wildlife Park’s Tiger Sanctuary features swimming pools, climbing poles, shady areas, heated dens and state-of-the-art security to ensure the tigers and the community are kept safe.
Saving the Sumatran Tiger
Sumatran Tigers (Panthera tigris sumatrae) from the Indonesian island of Sumatra face many challenges to their survival, it is estimated that only between 500-600 Sumatran tigers remain in the wild, and the actual number may be as low as 400. The Sumatran Tiger population is dropping rapidly due to human actions including clearing of their habitat for farming and palm oil plantations, as well as poaching them for sale on the black market. The Sumatran Tiger is the only surviving tiger population in the Sunda Islands, where the Bali and Javan Tigers are now extinct.
Ballarat Wildlife Park is supporting tiger conservation efforts via the Tiger Protection Conservation Units (TPCU). The TPCU are rangers known for disabling snares, following leads, solving tiger-human conflict and providing evidence for legal proceedings. Their continual work is contributing to saving the Sumatran tiger species. If you would like to support the TPCU, please get in contact with us.
Visitors can see Maneki between 10am-2pm, please note outside of these times Maneki might be away resting in her private den.